There are now 1,600 physicians board certified in clinical informatics by the American Board of Preventive Medicine[i]. There are 24 Clinical Informatics Fellowship Programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. There are also many more non-board certified/eligible practitioners who need training in state-of-the-art applied clinical informatics. AMIA is uniquely suited to be the academic home for this community, because it provides a combination of personal experience and anecdote with firm grounding in evidence-based biomedical informatics literature, informatics theory, foundational knowledge, and proven best practices. A major part of that support is outreach to Chief Medical Information Officers (CMIOs) and those in similar roles (such as Medical Directors for Information Systems) who are charged with leading informatics change within their organizations, both large and small. More than 300 individuals have attended the CMIO workshop since 2011, some attending more than once, ranging from seasoned CMIOs of large systems to those who are just beginning their applied clinical informatics careers. During the 2017 CMIO workshop, we anonymously surveyed the 80+ participants. 91% responded that they desired to attend the workshop again, and the most requested topics were practical leadership skills and guidance on change management.
The 2018 CMIO Workshop will focus on leadership development, including didactic and small group exercises regarding the skills needed to be successful as an executive and potential career paths for those interested in becoming a CMIO or advancing once in that role. Additionally, we will focus on successful change management processes within a single hospital as well as for large health systems. We will then apply the leadership and change management skills to case-based discussion of current contentious yet practical topics for CMIOs including management of problem lists, whether to implement open notes, and best practices regarding EMR documentation and scribes, Didactic presentations will be integrated with structured group discussions. The CMIO workshop is a bridge between the more applied iHealth conference and the breadth of Fall Symposium offerings, with practical offerings that participants can integrate into their daily workflow and help their organizations realize the potential benefits of health IT.

[1] Clinical Informatics Fellowship Programs [Internet]. Bethesda: American Medical Informatics Association; c2017 [cited 2017 Feb 28]

Learning Objective 1: List practical skills required to be a successful executive

Learning Objective 2: Understand the career path and growth opportunities for Chief Medical Informatics Officers


Julie Hollberg (Presenter)
Emory University

Richard Schreiber (Presenter)
Geisinger Holy Spirit

Paul Fu (Presenter)

Vivek Reddy (Presenter)
Intermountain Health

Nabile Safdar (Presenter)
Emory University

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